Vibal Publishing chooses Microsoft’s Windows Azure for more efficient delivery of digital learning tools
Manila, Philippines – To enable Filipino students and teachers to access the most efficient digital learning tools of today, Vibal Publishing House, Inc., the country’s leading provider of solutions for education, has chosen to run its open source applications on Microsoft’s Windows Azure for secure, fast and flexible delivery of products and services.
Founded in 1953, Vibal started publishing textbooks on general education which are massively used by public and private schools all over the Philippines. With the advent of modernity, the company has evolved into a market leader in the technology space with its own diverse portfolio of digital products including interactive e-books, multi-platform reading apps, integrated e-bookstores and other enterprise technology solutions for government, private firms, educational institutions, and consumer segments.
Given its immense growth, Vibal needed to ensure that its modern tools would provide the best quality learning experiences that are free from malware, delayed loading, and incompatibility issues. That is why it leveraged on Microsoft’s Windows Azure to run its open source applications.
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables quick development, deployment and management of applications across a global network of data centers. It allows development of applications using any language, tool or framework. It has real-time protection that gives alerts when malware, spyware or potentially unwanted software attempts to run on one’s system. Finally, it delivers faster deployment of websites such as Vibal’s WikiPilipinas.
Expressing high regard for security, Edixon Yu, Senior Systems Engineer at Vibal said, “Windows Azure satisfies our need for security. Prior to using it, we encountered several incidences involving availability issues and flooding of malware ads and spam that actually appeared on our websites.”
Vibal applauded the benefit of faster data processing from using Windows Azure’s on the fly scalability, leading to satisfied customers who largely rely on its services for learning. Yu continued, “In terms of faster deployment of the server, it allowed us to set up our websites faster. This reflects efficiency and faster turnaround for the business. Our site visitors have pointed out an improved web browsing experience.”
“We operate under the philosophy that Microsoft technologies can work in harmony and parallel with open source in a sustainable way to stretch the massive capability of technology. As seen in our partnership with Vibal Publishing, this is most critical when responding to the important demands of our customers on the mega-trends of cloud and mobility,” said Joel Garcia, Server and Tools Business lead of Microsoft Philippines.
Running open source technology with Windows Azure offers flexibility given that various Vibal learning tools install and run on other platforms as well. Yu added, “Now, we do not have any issue of having different framework versions for all our products. Students, teachers and other users of Vibal learning materials will surely access our tools whichever browser or platform their school or institution is using.”
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